Welcome from the Director of Music

Hamilton Community Centre of Music (HCCM) has been providing affordable music tuition for many years. Our philosophy is to offer all in our community, regardless of age or experience, a diverse and enjoyable musical experience.

HCCM students, who comprise both children and adults, all enjoy our special mix of learning and performance opportunities. Our courses include the very popular Music Makers/Young Voices programmes for children aged 3–12 years, instrumental classes,  as well as the HCCM Sinfonia, HCCM Wind Band, HCCM String Orchestra, and ensembles for guitar, flute and ukulele.

We are committed to delivering high quality music education, and our staff of over twenty experienced tutors all participate in an on-going Professional Development Programme. Our curriculum is centred on the syllabuses of the NZ Music Examinations Board and Trinity College London.

We are based in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato. Classes are held on Saturday mornings during primary school terms.

Whether you’re just starting out in music or want to learn more, we can help you achieve your ambitions. Let your musical talents flourish – come and share with us the joy of music.

Rupert D’Cruze – HCCM Director of Music

HCCM is professionally run under the governance of the HCCM Trust Board, whose objectives are:

  • To advance the education of Hamilton Centre of Community Music students, parents and the public and in particular, aspiring musicians, in the performance, composition and appreciation of music.
  • To foster musical talent, developing and promoting musical education at the pre-school, primary and intermediate levels.
  • To encourage and support the teaching and performance of music and ensemble playing.
  • To solicit, manage and apply for funds to support the Hamilton Community Centre of Music in order to achieve its charitable purposes.

HCCM gratefully acknowledges the continued support of the University of Waikato and the use of their teaching facilities at the Faculty of Education.

HCCM Staff

  • Rupert D’Cruze – Director of Music
  • Ann Shaffer – Administrator
  • Jean Paterson – Violin and HCCM String Orchestra
  • Julie Pescud- Violin, HCCM String Orchestra, HCCM Sinfonia
  • Melody Gumbley– Violin and HCCM String Orchestra
  • Anne-Marie Bird – Cello
  • Anna Billing and Ashleigh Smith – Flute
  • Rosalie Croxford – Clarinet and Recorder
  • Colin Ogle – Saxophone
  • Oliver Barratt –HCCM Sinfonia
  • Danny Roguski – Orchestral Brass, HCCM Wind Band, Ukulele
  • Shirley Lambert- Guitar
  • Libby Shearer – Guitar
  • Ivy Crawford – Guitar
  • Jordan Carpenter – Guitar (Rhythm and Classical)
  • Cameron Sloan – Guitar (Rhythm and Classical)
  • Maia-te-oho Holman-Wharehoka – Guitar Assistant
  • Ciara Claridge – Guitar Assistant
  • Ash Russell – Drums
  • Joyce Roguski – Electronic Keyboard
  • Mary Smith  – Music Makers Level One, Violin
  • Bryony Greene – Music Makers – Levels Two/Three
  • Christoph Maubach – Young Voices- Music Makers Level Four
  • Amelia Baine – Music Makers assistant
  • Olivia Giffney – Music Makers assistant
  • Cecily Shaw –  Music Makers assistant
  • Natalie Garcia-Gil – Assistant – Recorder, percussion, Music Makers

HCCM Board of Trustees

  • Andrew Buchanan-Smart (Chair)
  • Susan Woodhouse
  • Dr. Rachael Griffiths-Hughes
  • Christoph Maubach
  • Richard Bryce
  • Rochelle Depledge